The Community Garden of Tomorrow
How the GrowHaus’ "triple-bottom-line" model of people, planet and profit may only be the beginning
The GrowHaus is a 20,000 square-foot greenhouse and community center in the Elyria-Swansea neighborhood that hosts countless programs including: The Hydrofarm, a huge year-round hydroponics facility that produces thousands of heads of leafy greens per month; Seed to Seed, an 8-week summer leadership program for teens; Adult education classes for neighborhood residents centered around community organizing, gardening, cooking, and nutrition; Annual 12-day Permaculture Design Course; and Service Learning workshops for school groups that benefit over 800 students per year. The base of it all for The GrowHaus is that “everyone deserves a healthy meal,” and they do the growing, sharing and educating to prove it. The GrowHaus teaches social justice and conflict resolution. The goal is to break down the barriers of race, class and culture to make society sustainable, too.